• BBC Uses Facebook To Skirt Repression
    The last few years have brought plenty of examples of social media helping ordinary people communicate despite government repression -- and now at least one big news organization is following suit. Following a number of government-mandated "interruptions in service," BBC Thailand has been using Facebook to reach millennials in that country and raise awareness of its new Thai-language online news service. Last year the Thai military overthrew the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and to quell dissent, the country's military rulers have cracked down on journalists and news orgs that were critical of the junta's policies. These ...
  • Facebook Tests Immersive Video Newsfeed
    "'Curiouser and curiouser,' Cried Alice." Get ready to go down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass: Facebook is testing "spherical videos," which create a fully immersive 360-degree video experience for users similar to 3D games, as part of the newsfeed, founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed at the most recent annual F8 developer conference on Wednesday.
  • Social Media: Yes, The Starbucks Thing Was A Bad Idea
    Starbucks' heart may have been in the right place, but its brain was on vacation. That seems to be the general sentiment on social media a week after the coffee juggernaut's controversial "Race Together" program, in which barristas encouraged customers to engage them about race relations, widely regarded as the "third rail" of American culture, society, and politics.
  • Facebook In Talks To Host News Content
    David Carr was on the money about Facebook's plans to host content from major news organizations directly on its own platform. Carr's reportage from back in October was confirmed and elaborated by a second article in the "NYT" this week. Facebook is said to be in talks with news publishers including the New York Times itself, as well as BuzzFeed and National Geographic. News stories would be hosted on Facebook and the social network would share the ad revenue with the publishers. Among other benefits, this would mean Facebook users could read news content from reputable sources without having to ...
  • One In Three Americans Changed Online Behavior Because Of Surveillance
    The revelations of widespread government surveillance by NSA contractor Edward Snowden may have dominated public discussion, but they didn't have much impact on how Americans actually use digital technology. That's the conclusion of a new Pew study based on a survey of 475 U.S. adults, polled about their use of technologies including mobile devices, social media, and email, among other channels.
  • More Celebs Ditch Social Media
    If you ever feel like you're experiencing "social media exhaustion," don't worry, you're not alone -- in fact you're in very good company, because some very famous people are ditching (and dissing) social media as well. And no, they're not just some cranky Hollywood old-timers who didn't get it in the first place.
  • Pearson Monitored Students' Social Media To Detect Cheating
    Education giant Pearson, the world's largest publisher of textbooks, has been routinely monitoring the social media activity of students taking its tests to detect cheating. The company has agreed to suspend the monitoring of students on social media at the request of a number of U.S. states - which will conduct the surveillance.
  • Facebook Bows Peer-to-Peer Payments
    Facebook is moving to dominate yet another important sector in the emerging digital economy with the introduction of its peer-to-peer payments service. Now Facebook users can send money to friends via Facebook Messenger, putting the social titan into competition with peer-to-peer payment services like Square, Venmo, and Snapcash, introduced last year by Snapchat and powered by Square.
  • Social Media Drives News Consumption For Millennials
    Lambasting younger generations seems to be an American pastime -- but in the words of The Who (a pioneering British rock band, for our younger readers) "the kids are alright." Indeed, while curmudgeonly types often criticize Millennials as being uninformed and uninterested in the news, they are actually heavily engaged with current events -- and social media plays a key role in how they get their information. That's according to the latest report from the Media Insight Project, a joint effort from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute.
  • Pediatricians Warn Against 'Sharenting'
    As a new father, I get the impulse to share everything your brilliant, adorable child does. I call it the "proud papa syndrome," and I am prey to it myself. But parents may want to consider throttling back on all this over-sharing -- and not just because the people on the receiving end probably find it deeply annoying. The real danger is that we're creating a digital profile for our kids before they can even say "stop tagging me in photos, dad!" That's the main message of a new study that addresses the phenomenon of "sharenting" on social media.
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